Here are a few pictures from snow-shoeing near Lynx Lake after a winter storm in AZ. The last picture is of Mingus Mountain looking over Prescott Valley, not part of the snow-shoeing hike. I have an itch to try painting snow. I've heard it can be difficult, it is not simply using white paint but an appropriate color reflected on the snow. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Here are three recent studio oil paintings. "Blue Juniper" and "Bright Angel" are available, however "Ponderosa" is already called for (but I could make prints of it if you are interested). I posted images of two of these already, but today they were dry enough to scan in at high resolution. Enjoy!
|"Blue Juniper" 11x14|
|"Bright Angel" 9x12|
Autumn in Arizona is not complete without hiking at West Fork, North of Sedona, a side canyon of Oak Creek. I talked my wife into waking up at 6am to beat the rush at the parking lot. A couple years ago, we waited one hour to get a parking spot. West Fork is popular this time of year and there are many reasons why, but mostly it is a stunning canyon! We hiked the full three miles before the canyon narrows to the point that we would have to wade in water. It was too cold for that but I will come back in the summer to do the full 11 miles sometime soon (I hope). When we arrived, it was cold, about 38 degrees, but the soft light was marvelous. I can't wait to work on painting these awesome sights I caught on camera. Sure enough, by the time we left at noon-thirty, a line of cars six deep were waiting to park. By the way, parking there is now a whoppin' ten bucks, but it is well worth it.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
When I thought I knew of all of the trails in Prescott, I found another gem. I heard about Fireplace Springs from a friend and decided to find it. This trail was not in any of my books but I found it on Sharlot Hall Museum's website, of all places. Check it out: http://sharlot.org/archives/maps/trailmaps/index.html. My wife and I parked at the Thumb Butte Parking area and began hiking North. Amazingly, we found this tucked in Riparian area and with brilliant fall color! The air was crisp and moist from recent rains. I will certainly come back to this area.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Today, my wife Denise and I went to Sedona to hunt down some fall colors. What better place to find them than in Secret Canyon? We were a little early for peak fall colors, but we were pleased with the color we found. The secret about this place is that it is not crowded. We only saw four other people the whole time. Maybe it is the 3.3 miles of rough road to drive to the trailhead and the 8-10 mile round trip hike. Either way, we enjoyed the cool shade of Secret Canyon and the contrast of red rock to vibrant green and yellow foliage. I really should work on my thesis but this seemed more exciting, so I thought to get this distraction out of the way before getting back to writing. I have the hardest time writing about my own artwork, not how I did it or what the subject is, rather, what are my intentions and objectives for making art. I've got to dig deep and get to the point instead of floundering around. I think I will start with some freewriting.... Enjoy these pictures, but you must keep this place a secret.
|The photo above almost looks like an Eliot Porter, one of my favorite color photographers. Click on this link to see my all time favorite Eliot Porter photo: http://www.cartermuseum.org/collections/porter/collection.php?asn=P1990-51-4079-1&mcat=3&scat=11|
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I took a break from schoolwork to be refreshed by the beauty of Fossil Springs. I was last here about five years ago and since then, the dam has been demolished to the normal creek flow level. This was part of an effort to make the creek wild again. The tempature of the water was warm enough to swim in the 85 degree weather. Such a perfect day to be there, not too many people. Although we did see our share of folks. I was warned that since Fossil Creek was publicized as a wilderness area, it became much more popular to visit. Hence, more trash was visible, yet not as much as I was fearing. Maybe the rains from earlier in the week had washed the trash out. I was disturbed to see the trash and wonder what goes through people's heads when they choose to leave litter when they so willingly carried down to that point. Has the litter become that much heavier? It is a four mile hike and many that hike this trail are not prepared for the potential hot climb out. We hiked out in the late afternoon and just made it out as the first stars appeared in the sky. The air was cool and once in a while a warm draft of air would raise from the canyon below. We were about a mile from the trailhead on the way up, when we saw three young teenagers making their way down, carrying their bedding and food by hand, in duffle bags. Sheesh, what next? They will regret having to haul their stuff up on the way up. Builds character, right? I don't see this hike as difficult but it can be in the blazing/hot sun during summer months. An ill prepared hiker puts themselves in danger by not having enough water. Here are some of my favorite photos from the hike. Enjoy!